Top Deck: Other Functions
The custom one button on the front of the camera. This camera has a number of custom key settings that you get to program your self however you want to, and the amount of customization is pretty phenomenal on this camera. So there is another C two button on the back of the camera we'll see here in a moment, but there is several of these buttons, and look at all of the different things that you can program into this button. There are a lot of different options you can have. In some cases there are too many options, or at least there's not enough buttons. Right now I think I have my camera tuned back to the factory settings and it is using the focus mode system, so when I press this button it automatically goes to the focus mode which is a pretty common setting that I would want to change. But, if you look at that list we have, there is a lot of different things that you can do on here, and there's one item on the list that I would like to draw attention to because it's not available any...
where else. It's just designed to be one of the custom modes, and that is the eye auto focus. Now I'm not going to do a demo on this, but what the camera will do is it will identify a face and it will identify an eye in which to focus. So, with the press of a button you can put it into this eye auto focus mode so when you're focusing it's not choosing a bracket or an area, it's looking for a face and it's focusing just on that eye of the face. So, it's a great way for anyone who's doing portraits on a regular basis to customize C one to the eye AF and use that for your focusing system. You'll get very very accurate focusing in that situation. That can be programmed into the C two button on back, but it's not a general feature that you're going to find in the menu system, so it is kind of buried in this particular custom key settings. The camera does have a small built in flash. It's not all that powerful, good for about three meters, or ten feet. It has an add on hot shoe which they call a multi interface shoe because it's not just a hot shoe for flashes. There are other things that you can put on it as well. Sony has a collection of flashes that you can add on if you want more power, faster recycling time compared to at least the built in flash. So they have several different models that are out there. I kind of like the medium to the higher end ones because they do have more power and they allow you to bounce light off of walls and ceilings. But, on the front end of this little hot shoe there are some extra contacts which allow you to hook up other devices, and Sony has a number of microphones. As you know, Sony is well into the world of video and they have a lot of video accessories. So you can add in a microphone. It does not need any external batteries, no cables at all. Just plug it in. It's powered. It connects up with the internal recording of the camera when you are shooting videos and then you can get better quality sound with those microphones. Now there is also a little indicator which indicates where the focal plane is on the camera if you ever needed to measure the distance from the subject to the focal plane, that is where the image sensor is in the camera. Likely that you won't need it, but that is why it's there.